Microbiological effects of consuming a synbiotic containing Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium lactis, and oligofructose in elderly persons, determined by real-time polymerase chain reaction and counting of viable bacteria.

@article{Bartosch2005MicrobiologicalEO,
  title={Microbiological effects of consuming a synbiotic containing Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium lactis, and oligofructose in elderly persons, determined by real-time polymerase chain reaction and counting of viable bacteria.},
  author={Sabine Bartosch and Emma J Woodmansey and Jacqueline C. M. Paterson and Marion E. T. Mcmurdo and George Tennant Macfarlane},
  journal={Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America},
  year={2005},
  volume={40 1},
  pages={28-37}
}
BACKGROUND Because of changes in gut physiology, immune system reactivity, and diet, elderly people are more susceptible to gastrointestinal infections than are younger adults. The gut microflora, which provides a natural defense against invading microorganisms, changes in elderly people with the development of potentially damaging bacterial populations, which may lead to alterations in bacterial metabolism and higher levels of infection. METHODS A randomized, double-blind, controlled feeding… CONTINUE READING
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